All of this also applies to the LG OLED 65GX9LA, which I tested for two weeks and which the trade press counts as one of the best OLED televisions currently on the market. However, its image rendering is not automatically good. If you switch it on after unpacking and installing it, it looks a bit slack for such an expensive TV – it should cost 4,000 euros at launch. But that’s easy to change. By choosing the cinema mode, for example, which out of the many picture modes I liked best not only for blockbusters, but also for normal TV programs.
Finding the right settings for your taste can take a while, simply because there are so many of them in the LG TV’s menus. It is very worthwhile to try out “True Motion”, which ensures that the transitions appear smooth and organic when moving quickly in the picture. Action films and sports broadcasts benefit particularly from this.
The »HDR effect«, which is supposed to create a similar image impression in films without HDR data, should be avoided, it even makes the news look like »Charlie and the Chocolate Factory«.
If you then activate the »AI brightness control«, the image display is almost perfect. Because instead of simply making everything a little lighter or darker, this system regulates the brightness of dark, medium and light areas independently of one another and thus more precisely than a normal brightness controller.
The real surprise only came after I had set the picture for myself and watched the first film: the soundscape that LG’s television set up in my living room was so completely different from what I am used to. Because normally such flat devices as this one – the 65-inch version tested is only 2.5 centimeters thick – suffer from an equally flat, blaring sound that sounds like a plastic casing. That’s why I connected my own TV to a 5.1 surround speaker system.
The y cannot record it with my surround system or a good soundbar, but they lack the space and the deep bass. But if you don’t have such extra devices at home, you won’t necessarily need them here either.
The not so magical remote control
For control purposes, LG includes its remote control, known from other televisions, known as the “Magic Remote”, which is not as magical as it is called. But on the one hand it has a built-in microphone, not only for calibrating the speakers, but also for voice control. On the other hand, it serves as a kind of mouse control with which you can move a cursor on the screen from the sofa.
The television’s webOS, which was once developed by Palm as a smartphone operating system, can be controlled quite well with it.
The OLED GX, which is not only available in the 65-inch version but also in 55 and 77-inch versions, offers great picture and sound quality if you consider its possibilities a little. Its only real weakness is the high price, even if it has dropped significantly in recent months.
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